Thursday, November 21, 2019

How to pack a Pocket Pie for school lunch

Update: I first published this in July, 2013. It's been such a popular post, that I'm republishing it again.
My kids enjoy Hot Pockets. I'm not a big fan of processed foods, but I will happily admit that last school year, Hot Pockets were an occasional life saver...especially after I figured out how to pack them for lunches.

I was so excited about my new school lunch option that I, of course, told all my friends about it. Which is when I discovered that some people are intimidated by the lunch packing how-to's. So I'm sharing the process here. It's not complicated. Really. And your kids get a hot meal without having to spend precious lunchtime minutes waiting in a cafeteria line.

Hot Pocket packed in a Thermos for school

How To Pack a Hot Sandwich for Lunch

What you need:
1 Wide-mouth Thermos
Hot water, enough to fill Thermos
2 parchment paper or aluminum foil rectangles. Large enough to mostly cover half a sandwich.
1 hot sandwich (e.g., Hot Pocket or a grilled cheese sandwich)
  1. Fill Thermos with boiling water. Let sit for a few minutes.
    I do this before I make breakfast for the kids thereby giving the water plenty of time to heat up the Thermos.
  2. Cut two pieces of parchment paper or foil into rectangles. They should each be large enough to cover half a sandwich.
  3. Warm up Hot Pocket in microwave. (Or prepare your warm sandwich.)
  4. While sandwich is warming, quickly drain and dry Thermos. Resealing the lid when you're done.
  5. Working quickly, cut warmed sandwich in half and wrap each portion in paper or foil.
    (Wrapping the portions individually makes it easier to pull them out of the container.)
  6. Place in Thermos and seal.
I've asked my kids how warm their sandwiches are by lunchtime and one responded that they were still "hot." But that's my sensitive one. I doubt the sandwiches are "hot," but I'm confident that they are, at the very least, warm.